Summer might get a lot of hype, but those in the know will tell you that fall just might be the best time to get outside, when crowds are sparse, the weather is still balmy, and the leaves put on one spectacular show. If you’re pondering an autumn adventure fall is an excellent time to plan a getaway. Here are the must-hit activities and events once you arrive.
Catskills, Cape Cod, Yosemite, and Zion: Do Some Leaf Peeping
One of the greatest fall attractions on the East Coast is the landscape’s transformation into a multi-color work of art as the leaves change colors on the mountaintops and rolling hills. Whether you check out the breathtaking display on a hike, a scenic drive, or even from the patio of a vineyard one thing’s for certain: there’s nothing boring about fall foliage. And, while the East Coast may be known for its brilliant change of seasons, both Yosemite and Zion boast some beautiful autumn hues as well.
Cape Cod: Visit a Cranberry Bog
Massachusetts is the second-largest producer of cranberries — one of only three species of fruits native to North America — in the U.S., with more than 14,000 acres of cranberry bogs, and fall is the time to dive into the cranberry fun. Mid-September through the end of October marks cranberry harvest season on the Cape, and multiple companies offer tours where you can learn about and even participate in the fascinating process. Cranberry Bog Tours in Harwich and P.J. Cranberries in Sandwich are both solid choices.
Cape Cod: 2nd Annual AutoCamp Oyster Festival
To love the sea is to eat it. Fresh oysters are not only delicious, they feed the culture and economy of the Cape all while cleaning the ocean. Join us on September 23rd for an unforgettable, salty weekend celebrating all that the oyster and the sea provide. Our friends from Sea State Foods, the Cataumet Fish Market and Dunn & Sons Wine are bringing together oyster knowledge from across the Upper Cape to AutoCamp Cape Cod.
Catskills: Go Fly Fishing
The Catskills is considered the birthplace of American fly-fishing. While it’s a year-round sport, October, when brown trout season peaks, is a particularly good time to try your hand on Beaverkill River, one of the most famous fly-fishing spots in the world. Newbies should hire one of the many guides in the area, and most will provide you with the gear and waders you need.
Russian River: Hike the Redwoods
Head to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (just a bike ride away from AutoCamp Russian River) to hike along paths of centuries-old redwoods. Bring along one of Sonoma’s famous wines and a picnic lunch and dine and imbibe among the legendary, old-growth giants.
Russian River: Celebrate Harvest Season and Attend a Wine-Forward Festival
October is still harvest season in Sonoma County, meaning the area is in full celebration mode. Join in on the fun at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Oct. 14), a harvest extravaganza featuring tastings from more than 100 wineries, food pairings, music, and the World Championship Grape Stomp. The next day (Oct. 15), head to the Healdsburg Crush to taste limited-production Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Sparkling Wines from more than 60 of California’s top wine producers. Be sure to purchase tickets for both festivals in advance.
Yosemite: Go For a Cider Tour
Autumn is the best time to sip on some fresh cider. Visit our friends at Sierra Cider Orchard and take a tour of their historic cidery. Learn about their various apple varieties as you stroll along the grounds, and enjoy the crisp air. After a day of adventuring in the park, this is the perfect way to kick back and relax.